I’m famous! …sorta XD
Consul-General Osawa Hosts Orientation and Reception for Departing 2008-2009 Japan Exchange & Teaching Program Participants: Link
I’ve been placed! Fujioka-shi is the city and Gunma-ken is the prefecture. If you search “藤岡市 – 群馬県” in google maps, it will show you where that is! I’m happy with the placement, although I’ll still have to deal with snow. The area seems pretty and mountainous, with lots of hot springs and skiing if I wanted to go, but milder climate at the same time. It is also close to Tokyo, and I’m placed in a city and not the inaka, so amenities wont be hard to come by. A few links:
Off to do more research!
Congratulations! It is our great pleasure to inform you that you have
successfully passed the second stage of the JET Program application
process and are included on the final short-list of Assistant Language
Teacher (ALT) candidates for the 2008. You are now scheduled to be
placed in a contracting organization, which is possible in almost all
First off, JET…
“Aims to promote grass roots internationalisation at the local level by inviting young overseas graduates to assist in international exchange and foreign language education in local governments, boards of education and elementary, junior and senior high schools throughout Japan. It seeks to foster ties between Japanese citizens (mainly youth) and JET participants at the person-to-person level.”
My position is an ALT, or Assistant Language Teacher.
“These participants are placed mainly in public schools or local boards of education. ALTs assist with classes taught by Japanese teachers of English (JTE) and are thus involved in the preparation of teaching materials and in extracurricular activities like English clubs or sports teams. More than 90% of JET participants are employed as ALTs.
Typical duties for an ALT:
・”Team teaching”, or assisting with classes taught by JTEs
・Assisting in the preparation of teaching materials
・Participating in extra-curricular activities with students”